Hi there! Welcome to another Color Me Happy Wednesday. I’m Claudia (@mrsclocards) and today I will show you how I made this card featuring the Pandtastic Painters stamp/dies set and the Slimline Mini Mail dies. I’m also so proud to say that you can find my project-along with other beautiful ones from fellow DT members-on the Papercraft Essentials Issue #213 out now for June! That’s the first time I get published and I’m so excited!
For this project I was inspired by a card I made in February, you can find it here. First of all, I needed to know which Copic colors to use for the pandas so the first thing I did was making the background. I trimmed a piece of Heffy Doodle White Cardstock and ink blended it using Distress Oxide in Picked raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean. I splashed it with water and later with white watercolor and then I cut it out using the big die from the Slimline Mini Mail set.
Ready for coloring? You can find the color list below. I stamped the pandas from the Pandtastic Painters stamp set four times (to have spares) and stamped the accessories from the same set twice. I highly recommend using a stamping tool like the Misti, I find it useful to align the stamps on the top (or the bottom) part, this way I can flip the sheet upside down and stamp again the same designs without having to move them.
Using Copic markers, I started to color all the pandas only on the black/white parts; I also used a light brown marker to better define their faces and a pale pink for the cheeks.
Before adding other colors, I cut all the images-including the accessories-using their coordinating dies and placed them over the rainbow background, moving them around until I was happy with the result. At this point, I used bright markers to color the pandas’ “dresses” and all the crafting supplies, being sure I was using colors that would match the background behind them.
COPIC COLOR LIST
PANDAS: W00, W01, W03, W05, W07 – E50 – R20
PINK: RV21, RV23, RV25, RV69
ORANGE: YR00, YR04, YR07, YR09
YELLOW: Y11, Y15, Y17
GREEN: YG00, YG03, YG06, YG09
BLUE: B0000, B00, B02, B05
The whole coloring process took ages but it’s really worth it! I also added details with a white gel pen. As you can see in the images above, I fussy cut some of the panda’s paws to have them hold their accessory better. It helps to give the card more dimension! Once all critters were done, I glued the background over a white 3.5″ x 8.5″ card base and then glued all the pandas over it.
For the sentiment, I chose one from the Pandtastic Painters stamp set and heat embossed it on a little piece of Heffy Doodle Black Cardstock using white embossing powder. I trimmed it down and then did the same with a piece of white cardstock, leaving it a little bigger to give the sentiment a thin border. I used glued to keep them together and a piece of foam tape to attach it to the card.
Making this card required quite a lot of time and effort, but I must admit that I love how it turned out and it’s surely one of my all time favorites! A big thanks to Morgan for the close-up pictures.
Thanks for getting here, I hope you enjoyed my project and feel free to comment if you have any question.